- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 26, 2003

STARKE, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) — Amos Lee King was executed by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison Wednesday for the 1977 rape and murder of a 68-year-old Tarpon Springs, Fla., woman.

The execution was delayed for about 30 minutes before the Supreme Court denied his final appeal. King maintained right up until the time he was strapped into the gurney that he was innocent.

King pleaded with the family of the victim look into the case and they would see the evidence was there to exonerate him of the murder.

He died at 6:43, 12 minutes after he was injected.

Natalie "Tillie" Brady was raped, stabbed and beaten by King, who was an inmate of a nearby work-release prison nearby.

A guard testified that King stabbed him more than 25 times when he caught the prisoner trying to sneak back into the prison.

King admits stabbing Dan McDonough but denies the slaying of Brady. She was found in a doorway of her burning house when police rushed to the prison to stop the attack on the guard.

King said at a news conference at the prison this week that evidence was planted to convict a black man for the murder of the elderly white woman.

King, 48, has been scheduled to die six times and received a stay each time.

The last time was in December when Gov. Jeb Bush halted the execution and ordered more DNA testing requested by King. The test was inconclusive.

"Seven times I've gone through the ritual of execution, it should never have happened even one time," King said.

King also said he has written a letter to Brady's family containing what he said was evidence in his favor.

He said a bloody knife found in some nearby woods belonged to McDonough. Prosecutors said the paring knife matched a set belonging to Brady.

McDonough said King's pants were bloody, and prosecutors said he somehow got rid of them before he was arrested. King said he has a witness who saw him after the fight with McDonough who said his pants were not bloody.

Brady's niece, Monica Watson, said she is tired of hearing King is an innocent man. She said the family was unhappy that King has Web sites defending him and that make almost no mention of how her aunt was slain.

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